Grounds ServicesManager: Rose Leland
Office Phone: (802) 656-3866
Mailing Address: Physical Plant, 284 East Avenue, Burlington, VT 05405
UVM is Recognized by "Tree Campus USA"
In 2013, the National Arbor Day Foundation formally recognized UVM as an official Tree Campus.
Summer and Seasonal Employment
Students! Like to get your hands dirty? The Grounds department sometimes has summertime or seasonal opportunities to help with horticultural and grounds maintenance crews. For more information, contact Rose Leland UVM Grounds Manager.
Grounds tasks include...
- Maintenance of all trees, shrubs and turf on campus, including mowing, trimming, weeding, planting, pruning, mulching, seeding, fertilization, watering, and leaf removal
- Maintenance, snow plowing, and salting/sanding of parking lots, sidewalks, and roadways
- Debris and litter pick-up, graffiti clearing
- Fence installation and maintenance, drain clearing, trucking, and equipment repair and maintenance
- Responsible for over 300 acres, over 200 acres of trees, shrubs, and turf, more than 2500 trees, 39 acres of parking lots, 15 miles of walkways, and 9 miles of roads
Recycling & Waste Management tasks include...
- Daily collection of recycling, compostable organics, and solid waste
- Oversee contracted waste services
- Moving and trucking services for small jobs
- Learn more about the UVM Recycling program
Our Steps toward Sustainability
- We practice IPM (Integrated Pest Management)
- Ice'B'Gone use for winter maintanence to reduce salt use on campus
- Use of native, zone hardy site-specific plants
- Limit irrigation to athletic fields and the main Green only
- Grass clippings from lawn mowing are not bagged.
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- Safety is our First Priority
- Our number one priority is safety. Aesthetics follows not far behind. Snow removal is always at the top of our list because it correlates with both safety and aesthetics.
- Work is scheduled around major campus activities
- We are in constant communication with other departments including Conference and Events Services (CAES), Admissions, the President's Office and other groups responsible for scheduling campus events. Software programs including FAMIS (our work order scheduling system) and ems, the campus events management scheduling software, assist in communications.
- Landscape planning and installation
- External architectural and engineering firms plan landscape designs for new projects. The Grounds department is consulted by UVM Facilities Design & Construction and Campus Planning Services in the early stages to review and comment on pre-construction plans. It is then where we can comment on any issues we find relevant and make sure campus standards are followed. Additionally, there are several campus committees that evaluate and approve the designs.
- Sidewalk Placement and "Green Space"
- The amount of green space is managed through Campus Planning Services and the Burlington Planning & Zoning Office. Sidewalk placement is typically part of the overall design with new building projects and is part of the site package. However, because our campus is old, it has developed in a "piece meal" fashion, which means that traffic plans are always a challenge.
- Use of campus grounds for outdoor events
- Ground conditions and the weather determine when campus areas are acceptable for outdoor events. Colder than average temperatures, late season snowfalls and spring moisture are typical situations that delay our usage of outdoor spaces.
- Snow Removal Protocol
- Police Services determines when we are called in on off-hours for snow removal because they are on campus 24 hours a day. During steady snow storms, we continuously plow and salt when the storm slows down. If accumulations are light and no plowing is necessary, we will apply salt as a preventive measure to avoid freezing conditions. Please report snow removal concerns to Service Operations Support.
- Partnering with Landscape Contractors
- Landscape work is very cyclical and seasonal in nature, so there are fluctuations in labor needs throughout the year. Contractors are hired primarily during the winter to plow snow and in the spring to help with clean up of the campus grounds.
Links to Our Program Partners
- Tree Campus USA
- Snow and Ice Management Association
- Professional Grounds Management Society
- American Horticultural Society Gardening Connections
Last modified November 01 2016 02:32 PM